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At Grammy’s Stevie Wonder Gala

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Lady Gaga performing at Grammy Stevie Wonder gala

By Carter B. Horsley

There are only a few things you will take to your grave, not necessarily in this order and please forgive and move on in the opening ads in these takes from the fabulous youtube.com where most of them can be seen:

 

Freddy Mercury’s show-stopping at the 1985 Live Aid concert in which he sings “Radio Ga Ga” and other Queen favorites.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPHJFnob8p8

 

Michael Jackson’s blue-ray video “This is it” that shows how bad editing deprived most fans of his incredible dancing.

http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jackson-This-Blu-ray/dp/B002UD56I6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424283053&sr=8-1&keywords=this+is+it+blu+ray

 

Judy Garland singing “Have Yourself A Merry, Little Christmas” in “Meet Me in St. Louis”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH9RyySpkU8

 

Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ In the Rain” number from the movie of the same name.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w40ushYAaYA

 

Maya Plisetskaya fluttering in 1973 production of “Swan Lake” at the age of 48.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVBoDx_1dTc

 

Miles Davis raising his trumpet to his lips in 1959 version of “So What.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diHFEapOr_E

 

Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby singing “Did You Evah?” in “High Society.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kq1JQUhwVQ

 

Fred Astaire getting a shoeshine with Leroy Daniels in “The Band Wagon.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4UUkui545I

 

Luciano Pavarotti singing “Nessum Dorma.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdTBml4oOZ8

Eddie Harris's and Les McCann’s January 25, 2008 rendition of their incomparable 1969 recording of a live version in Montreux of “Compared to What” on their “Swiss Movement” album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRONbnyNpu8

 

Gerry Mulligan and Bud Shank performing “By Your Grace” in Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on Beaver and Krause’s 1971 “Gandharva.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAuTQFJAAf0

 

Keith Jarrett’s improvisation on a Bosendorfer at January 24, 1975 Koln Concert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKNQSSNNag8

 

Pedro Aznar’s singing on “The First Circle” by The Pat Metheny Group in 1988 on DVD video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVBoDx_1dTc

Daryl Hall's rendition of "I Miss You" on his television program honoring T-Bone Wolk, his recently departed guitarist.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvwOzY4K4fk

and Daryl Hall's and Chromeo's version of "I Can't Go For that."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-OZOjINrF8

Vladimir Horowitz’s Avery Fisher Hall concert performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with Zubin Mehta conducting and not the better Ormandy conducting version at Carnegie Hall that is not on youtube, but this does show Horowitz’s hands….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PKLLS0uO7U

And…

Lady Gaga’s performance at the Stevie Wonder gala that was aired February 15, 2015 on CBS-TV.

http://perezhilton.com/2015-02-16-lady-gaga-brings-down-the-house-at-the-stevie-wonder-grammys-special#.VON1T_nF84s

 

Lady Gaga is electrifying in this performance and it’s amazing she didn’t fly up through the roof at the concert.  I’ve never seen her perform but I’m sure she can do a very mean and great flamenco.  With her shimming (shimmee, shimmee shake) dress and very long silver wig, she was Lady Godiva incarnate and would easily have intimated and entranced Helen of Troy.  As she stomps the floor, her arms levitate above the keyboard and she smiles and roars.  Wow!  Isn’t she lovely, as honoree Stevie would chant….

Lady Gaga going ballistic

Lady Gaga transporting Stevie Wonder's fans in performance of a lifetime

(It would be unfair not to mention that Tony Bennett threw off his demure, soft-spoken voice to show all the youngster screamers how it should be done, at least once in a very long and fine lifetime, and that Annie Lennox nailed a simple but very powerful rendition of a song with very impressive grace and authority.)

A fine tribute to a magical performer and songwriter who really rocks and rocks and rocks.

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